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So you guys may remember I had a group for the comic, but since we changed the name and you can't change group names, I made a new one with the correct name. I have to build a new icon, but I have something there to hold the place for the time being. I'm about to start requesting the art that many of you have done of my characters for the fan art gallery. Please be sure to accept when you receive the invite, and please if you'd like to follow my story and get regular updates be sure to watch the group. :D

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Also, if you've drawn a pic of one of my characters and I haven't sent the group request to you yet, please feel free to join and submit the request. :aww:

EDIT: I fixed it, so you should actually be able to join now, and I've now updated the icon. :XD: Let me know if you have any troubles. :)

Thanks!

--Venus
So, I had to take Kyuubi, my pomeranian, to the vet yesterday. He's 6 years old, and has been crying a lot. I had a suspicion he'd hurt his back, and when I got to the vet she confirmed my thoughts. After the x-ray we found that he has a slipped disc, arthritis, and degenerative joint disease in his neck and shoulders.

The vet has him on two pain meds and a muscle relaxer, and he's to be crate rested for a month only allowed to come out to eat, go to the potty, and to be snuggled.

Other than the above mentioned issues he is super healthy, and the vet complimented me on my care of him. That did make me feel good. I try to be a good mommy to my little man. I'm heartbroken that there are problems taking place that have been out of my control to prevent. :( She said this was just him and his genetics.

I'm thankful that it's not any worse than it could have been. Before he was x-rayed bone infection and bone cancer were also on the table, but those have been ruled out. I am so very very thankful.

Even still, I don't like that my fur baby is in pain. I started him on the meds yesterday, but he still cried during the night and has cried some today as well. I'm so exhausted because I didn't get much rest last night.

If you don't mind, please keep my sweetie pie in your thoughts and prayers. I believe in the power of prayer, so the more people lifting him up the better. I just want him to be well again.

Der Klein Engel by lordpenguinman

Kyuubi, Me, and His Daddy (lordpenguinman) Give You Thanks <3

--Venus :rose:
So, I decided to start playing again after being away from the game for ages. I haven't played since Lich King. :'D A lot of stuff changed, so I decided to start over pretty much all of my characters on there. I play on Dalvengyr. I prefer Horde (Blood Elf Hunter, Undead Warlock, Blood Elf Death Knight) but I have Alliance (Night Elf Druid, Worgen Rogue, Draenei Paladin, Human Priest) characters, too. I also have a Pandaren Monk. Any other players out there? :) I usually prefer solo play, but it's nice to have someone to chat with every once in a while.

My Battle Tag: TouchedVenus#1826

--Venus :rose:
So, I caved and made an account at Weasyl. You can see me here: www.weasyl.com/~touchedvenus

Just thought I'd let you guys know. :laughing:

--Venus :rose:
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who gave me their condolences and comforting words with the loss of Cozette. My heart still aches, but I feel much better now than I did. I've been working on a picture in her honor that is almost done and will be posted either later tonight or tomorrow. After that I'll be back to work on other things. Working on the picture has really helped me come to peace with things, and appreciate how supportive everyone has been. So once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys are exceptionally lovely and it means a lot to me.

There has been a lot going on in my life recently aside from Cozette's passing. My health hasn't been good, and I'm in the middle of making preparations to have regular doctor visits to try to get better. I don't 100% know what's wrong, but I'll know more when I see the doctor. I'm just tired of feeling so sickly all the time.

My pomeranian, Kyuubi, has also been pretty sick. He gave us a scare yesterday because he was crying so much, and we couldn't take him to the vet because it was closed for the weekend and there isn't an emergency vet close by that we know about. He has all the symptoms of an upset stomach, so we've been treating him for it accordingly with boiled chicken, brown rice, and a little bit of apple cider vinegar. He started improving after that. I also make sure he gets plenty of water. He's still cried a little bit today, but at least now he's acting more normal and even tried to chase a squirrel. I'm sure he'll be fine, but his timing on getting sick was quite poor. I know you can't plan for this sort of stuff, but my goodness I feel like everything is after me lately.

I'll be fine, though, so please don't concern yourself over me. I just wanted to give an update on what's happening. If anything, just keep me in your thoughts and prayers that things will calm down so I can breathe. That would be nice. :)

In any case, I hope your week has been pleasant, and feel free to tell me about it below especially if something good has happened with you lately. :aww:

Stay classy folks!
--Venus :rose:
Hello!

I have some prizes that need to be replaced, because I haven't heard from the donators since I contacted them two months ago, and it seems like these particular individuals aren't on dA anymore, so if you can volunteer your time to provide the missing prizes to my winners I would greatly appreciate it. :)

Here is what needs to be replaced:

:star: FIRST PLACE :star:

:bulletred: Journal Feature
:bulletred: Calligraphic Custom Convention Name Tag or User Signature Banner (traditional, digital, or mix - your choice) **

**You can change this prize to another kind of art prize if you wish that would equate what was offered.

:star: SECOND PLACE :star:

:bulletred: Journal Feature


:heart: You can see the contest winners here: touchedvenus.deviantart.com/jo…

Thanks for your help! :D

--Venus :rose:
I'm sorry. I know I told a couple people I'd have some art up before today, but this was unexpected... and it always seems to be something. I'm always being attacked by something to prevent me from getting where I want to be and it's incredibly frustrating...

I always complete what I promise, though, so please be patient with me... please. I'm in too much pain to focus, but I will be alright. I just need to rest and get my head back on straight.

RIP Cozette - In Memory by TouchedVenus

--Venus :rose:
YouTube Button by TouchedVenus

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Hello again,

Some of you may have noticed that I have un-watched a lot of you, and in turn have asked what's up. I was going to make this journal anyway, but you guys jumped on me faster than I could respond. ^^; All I ask at this point is that you hear me out.

As I get older, I get busier and my responsibilities increase. I'm not a teenager, and in October I'll no longer be a "tween" as some people like to call those in their 20s. I'm married and my husband and I are wanting to finally start having kids soon. We just moved into a new place, my husband has an amazing job, and I'm adjusting into an art and music career thanks to my wonderful husband. My office is almost set up, and I have to make sacrifices for my life goals. May has been a month of clean up and removal for my family. 

I absolutely love deviantART. I have been a member here since November 16, 2004. I've served on the CR Team for the Manga/Anime gallery. I've watched this site go through growing pains and become the place that it is today continuing to grow and change to fit the needs of the artistic masses and our changing society. I've also met a lot of amazing people here and seen so much gorgeous art over the years. In fact, I have a lot to thank deviantART for. I wasn't a good artist at all when I joined, and I've grown and changed myself over the years to reach the point I'm currently at which is far better than I ever dreamed I'd be, and I have hopes to be even better than I am now in another ten years.

In short, I want to focus on my family, art, and music more which means I need to cut back on deviantART time. I'm not leaving because this place has become my internet home of sorts, and I adore the community. Since it's actually quite impossible for me to stick with my focus and watch back every single person who watches me (there are 2757 of you) I've cleared back my watchlist to only include active groups, old and super close friends and family, and those who blow my mind with their work.

This doesn't mean I may not eventually watch you back again or that I'll never talk to you!!!

When I have the time I will continue to try to give communication opportunities and chances for you to share your work with me. I do care about you guys, but I have to think about my sanity, too. :lol: Cutting back will mean more art from me, and I'd like to think a better quality experience for all those watching me.

My plan for the rest of May:

:bulletred: Complete at least 5 pictures from my Owed list if not more.
:bulletred: Complete the Winter Solider collab I'm doing with my best bud lilbit075
:bulletred: Complete at least 2 fan arts I have rolling around in my head.
:bulletred: Complete at least 1 Grimoire Rose piece, because I cannot let my charries run dry.
:bulletred: Finish my office space - organize my new desk / buy more shelving / finish the music studio

This list is tentative, but it's what I'd like to do. When the art owed list is cleared out, I'll open commissions, start a new contest, and begin posting Grimoire Rose (my comic starring my characters). I can't give an exact date for when things will be done. My life has proven to not be something I can schedule that clearly right now, but I will do my best.

If you don't want to continue to watch me because I'm not watching you, that is fine! I don't want you to feel obligated to watch me if you don't like my work. I want you to feel comfortable here.

Also never forget that if you guys want to talk to me, I'm open to most conversations and will respond most of the time, so don't be afraid to say Hello! I don't bite. :aww: And if I have time and you need help with something or need advice or just someone to talk to or even only listen, I'm here for that as well. Once again, I may not respond immediately if I'm not caught up on things, but at the moment I am pretty caught up and will let you guys know if I'm swamped.

Once again, thanks for everything. I love you guys, and I appreciate your understanding of my situation.

--Venus :rose:

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Gift - Cheryl Lao by TouchedVenus Gift - Jayne Cobb by TouchedVenus Commission - Harvest Goddess by TouchedVenus GR: Odessa Christmas 2013 by TouchedVenus White Christmas by TouchedVenus
YouTube Button by TouchedVenus

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I hope that everyone has been doing well while I have been away. I'm just finally starting to settle in to the new place, which I love by the way. This place is absolutely gorgeous and peaceful. I'm surrounded by trees, and the living room and kitchen are super open. I also have a large screened in patio and there is a path down to the lake right behind our place. We had the kitchen renovated before we moved in, and I absolutely LOVE what they did in there. They got rid of the horrible low hanging cabinets and raised them so that I can actually use that counter space, and it opened up the kitchen a lot. They replaced all the cabinets and counters as well. I love that black marble stone counter sooooo much.

The only room that isn't finished is the office / guest room. We got rid of our old computer desks, and we've been looking for new ones. I'm wanting an L-Desk with plenty of shelving, but it needs to be able to hold my dual monitors and have room for my tablet and speakers. The room is small, so I have to be super picky. There will also be a second desk for my husband that will hold his computer, but also give him enough space to work on his models, and I'd also like some space to be able to do traditional art work in there as well, and do my printing. The biggest issue is that we have to make sure there is enough space to blow up the queen sized air bed when we have guests over. Once we get the furniture in there, I know that everything will fall together perfectly. :D It's going to be a great room for inspiration.

In the mean time, I've started back to work today on art, but I'm using my laptop. It's not ideal, but it does what I need it to do in the mean time until I can get my desktop set up in the office.

But yeah, that's what is up with me. Hoping to have new art posted sooner than later. :D

So, how have you guys been? Did you have a good Mother's Day? Feel free to start up a conversation in the comments below. :D

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Gift - Cheryl Lao by TouchedVenus Gift - Jayne Cobb by TouchedVenus Commission - Harvest Goddess by TouchedVenus GR: Odessa Christmas 2013 by TouchedVenus White Christmas by TouchedVenus
Hey Guys!

As you know, I post one of these every now and then requesting you to tell me what you think I need to improve on. I'm looking for critique on my overall ability and not individual pictures. Once I complete a piece I don't go back and edit it unless I get in the mood to do a complete redo. ^^; SO PLEASE ANSWER ALL OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! :D

:bulletred: What do you like most about my artwork? What do you think I should keep doing?
:bulletred: What do you think I should work on the most to make my artwork better? Please provide any tips and tutorials you have or know of. :) I'm looking for thoughts on my drawing style AND my coloring. :)
:bulletred: And just out of curiosity, what is your favorite piece of mine and why?
:bulletred: Lastly, anything in particular you would like to see from me? I'm hoping to have my To Do List cleared about by the end of May. :)

Here are the pieces I've done over the past 12 months [newest to oldest]:

- WILL UPDATE IMAGES LATER -

:star: To See The Kind Of Art I Love And Idolize, Please Check Out My Faves: [LINK]

Thanks for your help! :D

--Venus

Groups Advertising - How To Get Featured



Would you like your group advertised by me? I'd love to help! I will advertise for you for a month! Keep reading for more details:

So what do you need to do?

:bulletred: Please send me a note with a link to your group's page, two to three sentences about the group and its purpose, link to group rules, info on quality and quantity control, confirm if art is auto accepted, and five examples of art accepted by the group. (see form to fill out)
:bulletred: Once your note has been received I'll add you to the journal for ONE MONTH (to prevent overflow and to make sure all info is up to date).

Here is the form:
:bulletgreen: Group Name: (your group's name here)
:bulletgreen: Group Link: (provide the link to your group)
:bulletgreen: Group Info: (please write two to three sentences about the group and its purpose)
:bulletgreen: Group Rules: (please provide a link to your group's rules)
:bulletgreen: Quality Control: (quick quality rules - allow sketches? allow unfinished works? only allow certain skill level?)
:bulletgreen: Quantity Control: (what is the deviation post limit for the group?)
:bulletgreen: Art Auto-Accepted?: (is the art auto accepted or does it have to be reviewed first?)
:bulletgreen: Examples: (please provide FIVE deviation examples of the art accepted in this group)

That pretty much covers it. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll answer you as quickly as I can. To see how groups will be advertised, please see the ones I'm currently advertising below to use as your example. :)

Have a great day and I look forward to advertising for you!


FEATURED GROUPS



:icondragonsandelves: - DragonsandElves [permanent advertisement]
INFORMATION: A group for lovers of dragons, elves, dragon anthro, the elf-like, dragon-elf hybrids, and dragon morphers!  Monthly features are updated on a regular basis along with contest and commission advertisements.
GROUP RULES: [link]
QUALITY CONTROL: Only Finished Works; All Skill Levels Accepted
QUANTITY CONTROL: Limit of 5 Deviations a Day
ART AUTO-ACCEPTED?: No, all art must first be reviewed before acceptance
Autumn by Azzedar-san Luthien by Milena-Zaremba Have a Brazen Halloween by annria2002 The Brazen Band COMMISSION by DKSTUDIOS05 Taraji by AllieJacques

:iconcarolinaanimeartists: - CarolinaAnimeArtists [permanent advertisement]
INFORMATION:A group for anime/manga, anthro, and cartoon/comic styled artists from the states of North Carolina and South Carolina! Monthly features and convention information updated on a regular basis along with contest and commission advertisements.
GROUP RULES: [link]
QUALITY CONTROL: Only Finished Works; All Skill Levels Accepted
QUANTITY CONTROL: Limit of 5 Deviations a Day
ART AUTO-ACCEPTED?: No, all art must first be reviewed before acceptance
So unbearable by Jremy-Alexandria Chibi Elsa by Paprika-Studios Like Starlight by xxMystery Journey by celestrialdarkmoon Akai Cho aka (Akai Akuma) by IchigoMurasaki

Contest List - How Does This Work?



Would you like your contests advertised by me? I'd love to help! All you have to do is comment below or send me a note, and I will advertise for you! Keep reading for more details:

So what do you need to do?

:bulletred: Please send me a NOTE (or comment below) with the below form filled out for your contest. (form is below)
:bulletred: Once your note has been received and all information confirmed, I'll add you to the journal.

Here is the form:
:bulletgreen: Username: (your username here)
:bulletgreen: Name of Contest: (provide name of contest and link to more info)
:bulletgreen: Contest Theme: (please state the theme for the contest)
:bulletgreen: Prizes: (please list the main prizes - not detailed just a general idea)
:bulletgreen: Deadline: (please provide the deadline for your contest)

That pretty much covers it. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll answer you as quickly as I can. To see how contests will be advertised, please see the ones I'm currently advertising below to use as your example. :)

Have a great day and I look forward to advertising for you!


AUGUST 2014 CONTESTS



none at the moment


SEPTEMBER 2014 CONTESTS



none at the moment


OCTOBER 2014 CONTESTS



:iconsundayanarchy:
Halloween 2014 Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Using Halloween theme, draw or write about the OCs belonging to sundayAnarchy
Prizes: :points: / USD, dA Premium Membership, Art (See [link] for more! Prize donors can also join the contest!)
Deadline: October 27th, 2014

:iconnikhero:
AUTUMN CA$H PRIZE CONTE$T!: [link]
Contest Theme: Draw any scene from my online novel at [link]
Prizes: $100 USD, $50 USD, $25 USD
Deadline: October 31st, 2014


NOVEMBER 2014 CONTESTS



:iconchelleface90:
Complete Me Contest : [link]
Contest Theme: Choose one or all of the heads to create a back story and body for
Prizes: 200 :points: each for each winner and a drawing done by chelleface90
Deadline: November 01st, 2014